McDougall scores first goal of the seasonBSC Glasgow 2-2 Gretna 2008 :: 18th April, 2015 :: Scottish Sun Lowland League

Chris McDougalls’ dramatic late equaliser saved a point for BSC versus Gretna 2008 on Saturday, as the club extended their recently improved form to a single defeat in nine games.

An emphatic free kick from Ross McKinnon’s brought BSC level after Iain Anderson’s opener in the first half.  Gretna again took the lead, but with less than a minute to play, McDougall struck for his first goal of the season, giving BSC a well-deserved point.

Broomhill were dealt an early blow as Aaron Murdoch had to be replaced due to the same injury that’s kept the defender sidelined for the past few matches. The game remained even for both sides, with keeper Iain Stewart relatively untroubled throughout the early stages of the opening period. 

Aiden Malone, McKinnon and Ciaran Johnston all found themselves with numerous opportunities, but were unable to make the most of them with Gretna being restricted primarily to long distance strikes.

BSC’s best chance of the opening period fell to Malone. Alone on the counter attack, Gary Graham worked the ball forward, leaving defender Greig Thornburn helpless before playing it across to Malone, who’s shot went hopelessly wide.

Iain Stewart made an excellent save minutes later to keep his side from going behind, after Scott Milligan wriggled free from 3 BSC defenders before lashing the ball goal-wards.

The opener came just two minutes before half time. After a simple ball played over the top, Anderson nipped in front of the onrushing Stewart, knocking the ball past before finishing into the empty net.

Glasgow came out in search of a swift way back into the game, and got their just rewards. After Malone was fouled by Alan Inglis just outside the box, McKinnon stepped up and thundered the ball past the helpless Gretna wall and goalkeeper.

BSC continued to create chances, with a few corners somehow not ending up in the back of the net, but the away side regained the lead after the hour mark.

Callum Home’s headed clearance was collected by midfielder Darren Addison, who took a touch and then rifled a volley past Stewart from 25 yards.

McDougall replaced Graham with 15 minutes to go and, after some extended pressure by BSC, his equaliser finally came. Jordan McKechnie drove down the wing from full back, and crossed in deep towards the back post. 

Fellow substitute Gerry O’Connell played it back across goal and after a miscued overhead kick from Malone, who will happily claim the assist, the ball fell right to McDougall who smashed home a rising effort on the half volley. 

Aiden Malone challenge versus Gretna 2008

After the game, McDougall was delighted to be back on the scoresheet:

“It’s been good to get back. I’ve been coming off the bench for a wee while now, but it’s great to get a goal and hopefully I can kick on from here.

“It was a very steady performance. We had chances to win the game, but so did they and a draw was probably a fair reflection for both teams.”

Manager Iain King was encouraged by his side’s performance, with lots of games coming up fast:

“We created 12 chances in the game. We only took two, but considering it was 6-0 to Gretna in the corresponding fixture I think they know it’s a bit different now. The boys played really well in spells, done a lot of things well and scored two great goals.

“We’ll take these positives into the Cup game on Wednesday. It’s simple, we just go out and win the game and we’ll be in another quarter final. 

“People know now that when they come to play BSC Glasgow they’re not getting an easy game anymore.”

Said Cup game is against Whitehill Welfare on Wednesday night at Lochburn Park, where the winner will book their place in a Lowland League Cup quarter-final showdown with East Kilbride. Welfare recently visited BSC, escaping with a 1-1 draw in a match Glasgow were unlucky not to win.

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